|What||Eagle Farm Races|
|Where||Eagle Farm Racecourse – 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot QLD 4007|
|When||Saturday, October 9, 2021|
|Feature Race||Listed Queensland Cup (R8)|
|First Race||12:18pm AEST|
HorseBetting’s Queensland racing analyst brings you his best bets and quaddie numbers for the eight-race card at Eagle Farm on Saturday, along with a pick in the Listed Queensland Cup. The track is rated a Good 4, the rail is out 1.5m for the entire course, and the first race is set to go at 12:18pm AEST.
Queensland Cup: Honourable Spirit
One of the better bets of the day comes up here with Honourable Spirit looking to go one better here than his second placing in the Toowoomba Cup a fortnight ago. The John Smerdon-trained gelding has been in superb form of late, winning four of his past seven starts and finishing second twice in that time. The son of Charm Spirit has only had one start here at Eagle Farm where he finished second to Top Order, and while the 3kg weight swing favours Top Order, we are convinced that at 2400m the result can be reversed. Drawn the inside alley, apprentice Jaden Lloyd will go forward and look to box seat behind Navy Cross and Sir Gunsen. Honourable Spirit is a fit, in-form galloper and we expect to see him get his first Listed win on Saturday.
Best Bet at Eagle Farm: Fetch
We are hoping Jaden Lloyd has his eye in on Saturday, with the young apprentice set to have a good day at the office if our tips are anything to go off. Fetch was our best bet on Wednesday at Doomben, but the training partnership of Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted elected to scratch the talented filly in preference for this race. While Wednesday’s race would have been an easier assignment compared to this field that she is now up against, we believe it is a fair indication of the opinion that her trainers have of her to put her in the deep end at just her second start, considering her maiden win was at Grafton on a Thursday. Fetch has had three really good trials at Doomben which will have her fit for her first-up run over 1000m where she will have to do no work from barrier one. With only 52kg on her back after Lloyd’s claim, we expect Fetch to be savaging the line and remaining undefeated as she heads towards the Gold Coast Magic Millions race day.
Next Best at Eagle Farm: Iolite
From the leading apprentice to the leading senior rider, James Orman reunites with Iolite in the opener who is now trained by Sharryn Livingstone. The four-year-old son of Bel Esprit has won three of his five career starts, including a two length romp at the Sunshine Coast first-up this prep on September 19. Iolite won in good time last time out, leading all of the way in the 1000m contest which is the same recipe we expect to see on Saturday. Drawn barrier four, the classy sprinter will be able to find the rails easily enough to show his opposition a clean pair of feels and be able to win his fourth race. This will be Iolite’s first time at Eagle Farm which is a slight concern, but given how well he races at the Sunshine Coast with the big straight, he shouldn’t be too far out of his comfort zone at ‘The Farm’. We think this is a terrific way to start your Saturday.
Best Value at Eagle Farm: Alpendurada
It is a pretty slim sort of day at Eagle Farm if we are completely honest, but one runner who can go well at an each-way price is Rob Heathcote’s Alpendurada. First-up at Doomben last time out, apprentice hoop Leah Kilner was in a fight with the horse for most of the back straight as she tried to restrain the gelding which pretty well cost him his race as he did too much work early, so we are hoping the experience of senior rider Ryan Maloney can change that. The son of Rothesay has had five starts at Eagle Farm for two wins and two placings and he tends to do his best racing second-up which is handy. Drawn barrier two, Maloney can take closer order if need be which will hopefully keep him out of trouble in the straight. The gelding hit the line nicely enough from the back of the pack first-up given how much he did wrong, so the rise from 1200m to 1400m is only going to suit. If he gets a conservative run, he can be explosive late in the opening leg of the quaddie.
Eagle Farm quaddie tips for Queensland Cup Day
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